13 Day Classic Egypt with 7 Day Nile Cruise

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$3829*

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13 Day Classic Egypt with 7 Day Nile Cruise

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$3829*

Air & Land


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2024 Dates & Prices Single Supplement: $1400
Hotel Dates Embark Tour Starts Ship Land Only Air & Land
Mar 14  (Sold Out) $3879*
Apr 11  (Sold Out) $4079*
Apr 18  (Sold Out) $3879*
Apr 25  (Sold Out) $3679*
May 02  (Sold Out) $3879*
$3729*
2024 Dates & Prices Single Supplement: $1500
Hotel Dates Embark Tour Starts Ship Land Only Air & Land
Mar 14  (Sold Out) $3929*
Apr 11  (Sold Out) $4129*
Apr 18  (Sold Out) $3929*
Apr 25  (Sold Out) $3729*
May 02  (Sold Out) $3929*
$3779*
2024 Dates & Prices Single Supplement: $1600
Hotel Dates Embark Tour Starts Ship Land Only Air & Land
Mar 14  (Sold Out) $3979*
Apr 11  (Sold Out) $4179*
Apr 18  (Sold Out) $3979*
Apr 25  (Sold Out) $3779*
May 02  (Sold Out) $3979*
$3829*
2024 Dates & Prices Single Supplement: $1700
Hotel Dates Embark Tour Starts Ship Land Only Air & Land
Mar 14  (Sold Out) $4029*
Apr 11  (Sold Out) $4229*
Apr 18  (Sold Out) $4029*
Apr 25  (Sold Out) $3829*
May 02  (Sold Out) $4029*
$3879*
2024 Dates & Prices Single Supplement: $1800
Hotel Dates Embark Tour Starts Ship Land Only Air & Land
Mar 14  (Sold Out) $4079*
Apr 11  (Sold Out) $4279*
Apr 18  (Sold Out) $4079*
Apr 25  (Sold Out) $3879*
May 02  (Sold Out) $4079*
$3929*
2024 Dates & Prices Single Supplement: $2400
Hotel Dates Embark Tour Starts Ship Land Only Air & Land
Mar 14  (Sold Out) $4979*
Apr 11  (Sold Out) $5179*
Apr 18  (Sold Out) $4979*
Apr 25  (Sold Out) $4779*
May 02  (Sold Out) $4979*
$4829*

Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.


Additional Information:
This package is based on pre-confirmed flights from JFK via EgyptAir and may only be purchased with these flights.

During Ramadan (Mar 10 - Apr 9, 2024), historic and cultural sites may close early and operate with minimal staff. The order of sightseeing may be changed to accommodate the holiday observance. Traffic congestion is common during Ramadan. Some hotels and restaurants may not serve alcoholic beverages. Entertainment may be limited to be respectful of the holiday observance. Modest dress is suggested during Ramadan (no shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops). Use discretion when drinking, eating, and smoking in public between sunrise and sunset.


Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

Egypt's history and culture have not changed but current political and cultural events have left their mark on daily life. Security is of primary importance and you may see more armed guards and police vehicle presence. We encourage you to travel in groups and not alone. Many domestic flights within Egypt depart in the early morning, requiring waking before dawn. Early morning touring is done when possible in order to avoid mid-day sun and humidity, and to ensure there is ample time to visit the destination. Local dress code, hygiene and diet recommendations are provided. Due to Egypt's proximity to the Sahara Desert, local hot winds bring sand and dust everywhere.

This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. The pace is moderate, however, you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Traffic congestion and delays are common, particularly in downtown Cairo. This trip includes several different modes of transportation, including motor coach, motorboat, and horse-drawn carriage, which require agility to embark and disembark. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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Flight Details



This package is based on pre-confirmed flights from JFK via EgyptAir and may only be purchased with these flights


Escorted Package Includes

  • Round trip flights New York-Cairo, Cairo-New York
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Cairo-Luxor, Aswan-Cairo
  • 11 nights First Class accommodations
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel & cruise porterage
  • All transfers
  • 27 meals: 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
 

Special Features

  • Marvel at the oldest structure of the "seven wonders of the ancient world", the Great Pyramid of Giza
  • In Sakkara, view the famous Step Pyramid of Djoser
  • Visit the magnificent Temples of Karnak, dating back over 3,000 years
  • Admire the two colossal statues of Ramses II at the entrance to the ancient Luxor Temple
  • Enjoy a 7-day cruise on the Nile and admire the spectacular scenery of the Nile Valley
  • Explore the imposing Greco-Roman Temple of Kom Ombo
  • View the world-famous Aswan High Dam, an engineering miracle, built in the 1960s
  • Tour the stunning Temple of Edfu, dedicated to the falcon god Horus, built in the Ptolemaic period
  • Discover the Temple of Philae dedicated to the goddess Isis with its beautiful island location
  • Explore Abu Serga, believed to be where the Holy Family stopped during their travels in Egypt

Is This Trip Right for You?

Egypt's history and culture have not changed but current political and cultural events have left their mark on daily life. Security is of primary importance and you may see more armed guards and police vehicle presence. We encourage you to travel in groups and not alone. Many domestic flights within Egypt depart in the early morning, requiring waking before dawn. Early morning touring is done when possible in order to avoid mid-day sun and humidity, and to ensure there is ample time to visit the destination. Local dress code, hygiene and diet recommendations are provided. Due to Egypt's proximity to the Sahara Desert, local hot winds bring sand and dust everywhere.

This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. The pace is moderate, however, you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Traffic congestion and delays are common, particularly in downtown Cairo. This trip includes several different modes of transportation, including motor coach, motorboat, and horse-drawn carriage, which require agility to embark and disembark. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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Many domestic flights within Egypt depart in the early morning, requiring waking up before dawn. Please see the "Is This Trip Right for You?" section for more information.

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Egypt
Depart for Egypt
*For flights departing on Day 1 and arriving in the early hours of Day 2, a room will be available for you upon arrival.

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Cairo
Welcome to Egypt, one of the world's greatest ancient civilizations. Arrive in Cairo and transfer to your hotel with the remainder of the day at leisure. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Drink and orientation meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers at approximately 6 PM, followed by a Welcome Dinner
Overnight: Cairo
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Saturday - Full Day in Cairo
Spend the day at leisure in Cairo, or join the optional Egyptian Museum & Khan El Khalili bazaar with lunch. Begin with a visit to the Egyptian Museum, a neoclassical style building located in Tahrir Square that houses the world's largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts. After lunch, continue to Khan el Khalili bazaar to browse vibrant displays of fabrics, handicrafts, and antiques
Optional: Egyptian Museum & Khan El Khalili with lunch (AM)
Overnight: Cairo
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Sunday - The Pyramids & Sphinx of Giza
After breakfast, visit the Pyramids of Giza, built during the 3rd and 4th dynasties of the Old Kingdom. These monumental undertakings stand as a marvelous testimony to the almost unbelievable skill and determination of their builders. Get a close-up view of the Great Pyramid, built for the Pharaoh Khufu, as well as the Pyramids of Khafre and Menkaure. Not too far from the Pyramids, see the great Sphinx of Giza, the legendary statue with the head of a human and the body of a lion, amazingly carved out of a huge piece of limestone. Leisure time this afternoon, or join the optional tour to Sakkara with lunch. In Sakkara, site of hundreds of tombs, view the famous Step Pyramid of Djoser. Next, visit a carpet school before heading back to your hotel
Optional: Half Day Sakkara with lunch (PM)
Overnight: Cairo
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Monday - Flight to Luxor, Temple Karnak, Temple of Luxor, Nile Cruise Embarkation
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight to Luxor. Land in Luxor and visit the magnificent Temples of Karnak, dating back over 3,000 years. Walk along the avenue of the Sphinxes and marvel at the Hypostyle Hall with its 134 massive sandstone columns. Embark on the Nile cruise ship for lunch. In the afternoon, visit Luxor Temple to admire the colossal statues of the great pharaoh Ramses II. After exploring this ancient structure, visit a shop where you can view a quick demonstration of how the papyrus paper is made from papyrus
Overnight: Nile Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Tuesday - Cruise to Edfu
View the magnificence of the Luxor West Bank on this early morning's optional excursion. Begin with a visit to the UNESCO listed Valley of the Kings, the necropolis of Thebes and admire the tombs of ancient Egypt's rulers. Next, head to the Temple of Hatshepsut, a colonnaded structure surrounded by cliffs and learn about the life of Queen Hatshepsut, Egypt's famous female ruler. Visit an alabaster factory, where you can view a demonstration of grinding alabaster the old-fashioned way. Browse the extensive collection of alabaster pieces. Conclude the tour at the Colossi of Memnon, two massive stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep II. Return to the ship for lunch, and begin sailing towards Edfu
Optional: Excursion to the West Bank (AM)
Overnight: Nile Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Wednesday - Temple of Kom Ombo
Spend the morning at leisure. After lunch on the ship, tour the imposing Greco-Roman Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to Horus, the sky god and Sobek, the crocodile god. Admire the fascinating detailed reliefs on the walls. Return to the ship and continue sailing onward this afternoon
Overnight: Nile Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Thursday - Cruise to Aswan
Spend the morning at leisure, or join the optional to Abu Simbel temples. An early morning bus ride from Aswan transports you back in time to the mighty Temples of Abu Simbel, reclaimed from the floodwaters of the Aswan High Dam and totally reconstructed in the present location. The site is dominated by the looming twin temples of Ramses II and his wife Queen Nefertari. It is one of the most recognizable ancient sites of Egypt. Afterwards, drive back to Aswan. Choose to relax the rest of the evening, or take part in the optional Aswan Felucca Ride. Enjoy a relaxing cruise aboard a felucca, the traditional sailboat of Egypt used along the Nile
Optional: Abu Simbel by Bus (AM)
Optional: Aswan Felucca Ride (PM)
Overnight: Nile Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Friday - Philae Temple, Aswan High Dam
This morning, take a tour to Philae Temple dedicated to the goddess Isis. Arrive by motorboat and marvel at the Temple's beautiful island location. Continue to the spectacular Aswan High Dam, an engineering miracle when originally constructed in the 1960s. The dam brought an end to the Nile's devastating floods. Visit a perfume shop and learn how these scents are made. Return to the ship for lunch. This afternoon, join the optional Nubian Village visit. On this tour, board a motorboat and cruise along the Nile River to a Nubian village. Along the way, admire the sweeping views over the river. Upon arrival, visit a traditional Nubian village in Aswan
Optional: Nubian Village Visit (PM)
Overnight: Nile Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Saturday - Edfu Temples, Cruise to Luxor
Spend the morning at leisure, later in the afternoon visit the stunning Temples of Horus in Edfu, considered one of the best preserved of all the Egyptian temples. It was built during the Ptolemaic times and was completed over a 180-year period. The temple is dedicated to the falcon god Horus, son of Isis and Osiris. Its extravagant design and sheer size is an indication of the country's prosperity at the time. Return to the ship for dinner, and continue sailing onward this evening
Overnight: Nile Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Sunday - Dendera Temple, Cruise to Karnak
This morning, set out on an excursion to Dendera Temple, one of the best preserved temple complexes in Egypt, located on the west bank of the Nile, approximately 40 miles away from Luxor. Explore the Temple of Hathor, dedicated to the wife of god Horus. Marvel at the spectacular ceiling painting in the main hall, displaying stars, planets, and symbols of the Roman zodiac. The colors seen throughout the temple complex are original, and amazingly vibrant. Visit the temple crypt, and climb the staircase up to the roof, learning about Egypt's Ptolemaic period along the way. Free time to explore the temple complex at leisure, before returning to Luxor
Overnight: Nile Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12 Monday - Disembarkation, Flight to Cairo
After breakfast, disembark from the cruise ship and transfer to the airport for your flight to Cairo with remainder of the afternoon at leisure or join the optional Half Day Coptic Cairo with lunch. Make your way to the Old Cairo, this area is the original home of the Coptic Christians, one of the world's oldest Christian denominations. Here, visit the Hanging Church, that was built in the 7th century. Admire the courtyard and interior with its elaborate wooden screen, marble pulpit and icons. Proceed to Abu Serga, a 5th-century Coptic church and hear how the church was built over the site of a cave, believed to have sheltered the Holy Family during their flight into Egypt. Then, tour The Church of St. George, a Greek Orthodox church built atop the north tower of the old Roman fortress of Babylon. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel
Optional: Half Day Coptic Cairo with lunch
Overnight: Cairo
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Tuesday - Depart Egypt
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

Cruise sailing times are subject to change.

At certain times of the year your itinerary may be amended to travel early in the morning and late afternoon to avoid the heat.

Order or duration of some visits may be affected during official holidays.

Due to regional laws, hotels and restaurants will not serve alcoholic beverages on certain holidays. On these days, no wine or beer will be included with dinner.

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Egyptian Museum & Khan el-Khalili with lunch

Begin the tour at the Egyptian Museum, which houses the world's most extensive collection of Pharaonic antiquities. No visit to Egypt is complete without a trip through its galleries. The original collection was established in the late 19th century. Afterward, head to the heart of Islamic Cairo and wander the narrow alleys of El Khalili Bazaar, Cairo's most famous souk. Here, you will find everything from gold and spices to scarabs and antiques. Lunch at a local restaurant is included.

Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.

Day #3 01 Jul 2023 - 30 Jun 2024 $85.00
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Sakkara Pyramids with lunch

Travel to Sakkara, site of hundreds of tombs, serving as the necropolis for the ancient capital, Memphis. Here, you can view the famous Step Pyramid of Djoser, considered to be the oldest pyramid in Egypt. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and a visit to a carpet school before returning to the hotel.

Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.

Day #4 01 Jul 2023 - 30 Jun 2024 $81.00
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Excursion to West Bank

Embark on a tour of the UNESCO listed Valley of the Kings, the necropolis of Thebes and uncover the mysteries behind Luxor West Bank. Explore the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, a colonnaded structure surrounded by cliffs and learn about Queen Hatshepsut, Egypt’s famous female ruler. Afterward, visit an alabaster factory and observe how this soft mineral is processed. Conclude the tour at the Colossi of Memnon. The Colossi are two massive statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III that were built to guard the entrance of Amenhotep’s memorial temple.

Approximate tour duration is 6 hours.

Day #6 01 Jul 2023 - 30 Jun 2024 $65.00
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Abu Simbel by Bus

A bus ride from Aswan transports you back in time to the great Temple of Abu Simbel, reclaimed from the floodwaters of the Aswan High Dam and totally reconstructed in the present location. The site is dominated by the looming twin temples of Ramses II and his wife Queen Nefertari. It is one of the most recognizable ancient sites of Egypt. Step inside the Great Temple and admire the colossal standing statues of Ramses II. Proceed to the Temple of Queen Nefertari to view the murals with images of the queen manifested in the form of the goddess Hathor.

Approximate tour duration is 9 hours.

Day #8 01 Jul 2023 - 30 Jun 2024 $114.00
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Aswan Felucca Ride

Enjoy a relaxing ride aboard a felucca, the traditional sailboat of Egypt used along the Nile. Glide gently down the river and catch the refreshing breeze while witnessing the beautiful scenery of the Nile Valley. Experience the peace and tranquility of the area during your one hour cruise.

Approximate tour duration is 1 hour.

Day #8 01 Jul 2023 - 30 Jun 2024 $22.00
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Nubian Village Visit

Board a motorboat and cruise along the Nile River to a Nubian village. Along the way, admire sweeping views over the river. Upon arrival, visit a traditional Nubian village in Aswan. Get an insight into the culture, history, and lifestyle of one of Africa's oldest civilizations. Enjoy a drink at one of the colorful rural houses, nestled amongst the natural scenery. Walk through the local market to get a taste of the unique culture and traditions.

Pick-up and drop-off details will be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #9 01 Jul 2023 - 30 Jun 2024 $34.00
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Coptic Cairo with lunch

Visit the famed Hanging Church, a place of Orthodox worship constructed in the 3rd century. Next, see Abu Serga, known formally as Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church. This place has great significance as it is believed to be the spot where the Holy Family spent time during their journey in Egypt. Continue towards The Church of St. George, a Greek Orthodox built atop the north tower of the old Roman fortress of Babylon. Lunch at a local restaurant is included.

Approximate tour duration is 5.5 hours.

Day #12 01 Jul 2023 - 30 Jun 2024 $75.00
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Know Before You Go
Although most of the planning and preparation is taken care of for you, there are still a few things you should know and some details you should take care of to ensure your comfort, safety and peace of mind. Please review the following information before your departure to ensure that any surprises along the way will only be pleasant ones.
Getting Ready to Go
Passports and Visas
It is each traveler's responsibility to have a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the dates of travel and a visa if required. Please check the information at www.gate1travel.com/visas.aspx for the specific country/region you are visiting for more details. IMPORTANT: Passengers who are not U.S. citizens must check with the respective consulate or a visa agency to determine what personal identification is required. Passengers who enter, leave and then re-enter the same country on their itinerary should check if they require a double-entry visa. Passport applications are available at most U.S. Post Offices, as well as at regional Passport Agencies. Passengers requiring visas, whether obtained in advance or locally upon arrival, should ensure that their passport has blank pages.

Egypt
Visas required for Egypt
Traveling with Friends or Family?
If you are traveling with friends or family who are booked on another reservation, please make sure that we are aware. On occasion, we may operate more than one vehicle on your tour departure in which case we will ensure that guests will be assigned together. This is achieved by connecting your reservations before your departure. Once you arrive in your destination, it may not be possible to make assignment changes. To check that your reservations are linked, log into https://www.gate1travel.com/reservations with your email and password, select your reservation number, and check to see that your reservations are indicated as "Traveling With" at the top right side of the display.

Trip Preparation
A little pre-planning can make your trip go a lot smoother. Several weeks before your trip, make a list of what you will need to take with you. Make sure your personal documents (passports, visas, driver's license) are in order. Make sure also that you have enough prescription medications to last through the trip and carry them with you in case your luggage is delayed. Bring a change of clothes in your carry-on bag in the event that your luggage is delayed or lost. Lost luggage is common. We strongly urge you to consider carry-ons instead of checked bags when possible, and when checking a bag is necessary, choose a bag color and identification that stands out. We suggest that you make photocopies of passports, visas, personal ID and any other important travel documents and pack them separately from the originals. You may also make a digital copy of your passport to keep a clear picture with the important details in your cell phone or digital camera photos. If you lose the originals while traveling, you'll have copies for easier reporting and replacement. Pack a list of medications including dosage and generic names. You may consider bringing a small supply of over the counter medications for headaches and/or anti-diarrhea pills (especially when traveling outside of the USA and Western Europe). We recommend that you pack a portable alarm clock. Due to security reasons, many museums have restrictions on the size of bags that can be taken inside and backpacks, carry-on bags or large purses may not be permitted. It is recommended to bring a small shoulder bag or purse to use in these situations instead. Avoid placing valuables such as cameras in your checked luggage. Airplane pressure can cause similar pressure in your body, most notably in ears, as well as liquid tubes and bottles. Your physician can suggest medication for decongestion. We suggest that you place liquid containers into Ziploc bags to catch any leaks.

Travel Safety Advice: The safety of our guests is Gate 1’s #1 concern. Before making the decision to reserve your vacation, we want you to be aware of potential situations which may impact your holiday. While most of the time our programs run precisely according to plans, on rare occasion force majeure events including weather, transportation mechanical issues, or uninhabitable accommodation, civil unrest and even criminal or terrorist activities will present themselves unexpectedly and with little or no notice. Gate 1 will make the decision to cancel a tour only after receiving verifiable government issued information. We are otherwise obliged to comply with contractual airline and vendor agreements and carry out the tour until or unless we are advised otherwise. In the event of such an occurrence anytime after your date of departure, Gate 1 and the local destination ground staff, in coordination with government advisories, airlines, hotels, cruise ships and other vendors, will make decisions with regard to your safety first. We strongly recommend that tour participants review the destination country's specific information at https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings.html.

Travel Protection
Even the best-planned trips can be impacted by the unexpected. And that is why we recommend that you help protect yourself and your investment by purchasing Travel Protection for your Gate 1 trip. Travel Protection can help with medical coverage for illness or injury, trip cancellation and/or interruption, baggage loss, medical evacuation, and more. At any time before you complete Final Payment, you may choose to purchase Travel Protection. The protection plan premium is non-refundable after a 10-day review period. In addition, you must be medically able to travel at the time the premium is paid. For a summary of the plan details on coverages, benefits, limitations and exclusions, please refer to the Description of Coverage by visiting www.gate1travel.com/insurance/.

Cancel for Any Reason Waiver Benefit (CFAR) is a non-insurance feature that allows you to cancel up to 72 hours before your scheduled departure for any reason not otherwise covered in the Travel Protection Plan. CFAR must be purchased at the same time as the Travel Protection Plan as well as within 21 days of the original booking date. Independent or escorted tour reservations will be eligible for a future travel credit equal to the full cost of your trip, less the cost of initial deposit, airline-assessed fees, amendment fees, and insurance premium. Sea or river cruise reservations will be eligible for a future travel credit equal to 50% of the cost of your trip, less the cost of initial trip deposit, airline-assessed fees, amendment fees, and insurance premium. All CFAR credits are valid for a period of two years from the original date of travel. CFAR Credits have no cash value and are not transferrable. Airline-assessed fees are generally $300 per person, but may be as much as fully non-refundable. Some non-refundable airline tickets may retain value, less airline-assessed fees. Your future air credit must be used to book with the same airline. Deadlines to rebook and complete travel vary by airline and may be as early as 12 months from when the tickets were originally issued (not the date of travel). For details, www.gate1travel.com/insurance/.

This program does not apply to custom groups and Antarctica cruises. Residents of New York, Missouri & Minnesota may purchase this Cancel for Any Reason Waiver Benefit separate from Travel Protection. Call to speak with a reservation agent for details. This Cancel for any Reason Wavier Benefit is not insurance and is provided by Gate 1 Travel.

Mobile Phones
Mobile networks differ from country to country. We recommend you check with your provider to see if your wireless plan will work in the destination(s) you are visiting. To avoid possible roaming charges, you may want to consider purchasing an international plan. With most major phone companies, for a modest fee, you will be able to use your domestic plan's talk, text, and data allowances just like you do at home. If you can access the internet while you travel, you can also take advantage of services such as WhatsApp or Skype.

Making Telephone Calls from One Country to Another
When dialing a number from one country to another, you should proceed as follows: dial your country's Exit Code (often indicated with a “+” sign), then the destination Country Code, then the Phone Number. For most countries, the exit code is 00. Exceptions include the USA and Canada (011), Hong Kong and Cambodia (001), Australia (0011), and Russia (8 Pause 10*). For Brazil, please consult with the local telephone company. If you are dialing from a mobile phone, you can enter a “+” instead of the international Exit Code (011, 001, 0011 or 00) by pressing and holding the 0 key. For most countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America and South Pacific, if you are calling from a local phone to a number within the same country, you should drop both the exit and country codes and then add a leading 0 (zero). Exceptions include Spain, Italy, Hungary and Malta (no additional zero needed to dial locally).

Example:
To dial the following number in Germany (as listed on your voucher): +(49) 0555-555
From USA or your US cell phone: 011-49-555-555
From another country in Europe: 00-49-555-555
From a German phone within Germany: 0555-555


WiFi Access
WiFi is available in most airports, hotels, and cruise lines, as well as on some flights, trains, and buses. There may be a fee for access and service quality and speed may vary greatly especially while on moving vehicles. Availability on cruises is also dependent upon its location while sailing through multiple countries. Please note that WiFi can be extremely slow, unreliable, and sometimes nonexistent in developing countries.

Staying Healthy While Traveling
All travelers should familiarize themselves with local conditions, such as high altitude or required immunizations, which could affect their health. We recommend you consult with your personal healthcare provider, the Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov) and/or the World Health Organization (http://www.who.int/en/) for their recommendations.

There are several easy steps you can take to stay healthy while traveling which may help prevent contracting an illness while away from home.

  • Watch what you eat. Try new foods in modest quantities, and depending upon your destination, you may want to avoid street foods, salad bars, raw vegetables and fruits, unless they have thick peels like bananas or grapefruit.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink bottled water and avoid consuming ice cubes made with tap water.
  • If you have allergies to foods, medications or insect bites, or have any other unique medical issues, consider a medical alert bracelet and/or a physician’s note detailing required treatment should you become ill.
  • Wash your hands regularly and carry hand sanitizer.
  • Where appropriate, pack sunscreen and insect repellent (for both active and warm destinations).
  • You may also want to bring a small first-aid kit with bandaids, antibiotic cream, pain killers, bug bite cream, digestive aids like antidiarrheal or anti-bloat medications, antacids, and cold medicine. This is in addition to any prescription medications which should be adequate for the entire trip.


Notice on Aircraft Cabin Insecticide Treatment - Please note that some countries may require aircraft cabin insecticide treatment for in-bound foreign flights. A list of such countries is available at: http://www.dot.gov/office-policy/aviation-policy/aircraft-disinsection-requirements.

Egypt - It is advised that you see your doctor 4-6 weeks before your trip. The CDC recommends that all travelers be up to date on their routine vaccinations. The following immunizations are also recommended: Hepatitis A and Typhoid. Travelers are encouraged to wear insect repellent. Information on vaccinations and other health precautions, such as safe food, water precautions and insect bite protection, may be obtained from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's hotline for international travelers at 1-877-FYI-TRIP (1-877-394-8747) or via the CDC website. The World Health Organization (WHO) website is also helpful and provides information on outbreaks of infectious diseases abroad.

Consideration for Tour Participants (Escorted Tours)
For the benefit of all tour participants, we ask tour members to be considerate of their fellow travelers in the following ways:
  • Refrain from wearing colognes, perfumes and/or personal products containing excessive fragrance in respect for other guests who may be allergic
  • Avoid smoking cigarettes, e-cigarettes or cigars in the vicinity of other tour members, including in outdoor areas where smoking may be permitted but may still affect other tour participants
  • No Smoking of any kind (medical or recreational) is allowed on any transportation that is exclusively provided by Gate 1. This includes e-cigarettes, e-cigars or any other smoking device. Furthermore, some countries heavily regulate the public use and possession of cigarettes (including e-cigarettes and vape pens) which could include their complete ban. Please check the regulation for the destinations you plan on traveling to prior to departure.
  • Avoid attire with political or religious messages that may offend other travelers
  • Respect your fellow passengers. Guests come from all walks of life and varied lifestyles. Please refrain from topics of conversation which might cause offense, such as religion and politics
  • Refrain from conversation or talking on mobile phones while commentary is in progress
  • Respect the mandatory seat rotation policy on the coach
  • Make use of the available hand sanitizer on the coach to support a healthy environment
  • Seek approval before taking photographs of other tour participants
  • Respect tour departures times to avoid delay and loss of sightseeing opportunities

Climate & Clothing
Egypt - Spring: 70–90°F; Summer: 80–130°F; Autumn: 70–90°F; Winter: 60–85°F. Bring comfortable walking shoes, a sweater, clothes you can layer and an all-weather coat. Sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses are also recommended. Some religious sites do not allow shorts or sleeveless shirts.

As Egypt is a very warm country, at certain times of the year your itinerary may be amended to travel early in the morning and late afternoon to avoid the heat.

Egypt Average Temperatures: https://www.gate1travel.com/weather/mediterranean/default.aspx#egypt-weather

About Drones
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) or "drone" technology has quickly become affordable and is increasingly popular with recreational users. While some countries have clear, established drone laws, others do not, or existing regulations are undergoing review and change. Travelers who wish to bring a drone on their trip are responsible to research and abide by the laws and regulations of the countries they are visiting, as well as to check with their airline(s) regarding their rules for transporting drones. Please note that tours are unable to extend the length of scheduled visits and stops to accommodate use of drones.

Book & Film Recommendations
Many of our guests enjoy reading about their destination - either in advance of their trip or while traveling - as a way of adding context to their visit. Whether reading a traditional guide book, learning about the history and culture, or simply enjoying a fictional novel set in the destination, a good book can add greatly to your experience. Similarly, a good movie set in your destination helps set the mood before you travel. We asked our Tour Managers and staff to recommend books and films which past guests may have enjoyed. The following does not constitute an endorsement of any authors, books or films listed, it is merely a collection of guests' recommendations.

EGYPT: Books
Palace Walk by Naguib Manfouz
River God by Wilbur Smith
Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran
Vertigo by Ahmed Mourad
Utopia by Ahmed Khaled Towfik
Chronicle of a Last Summer: A Novel of Egypt by Yasmine El Rashidi
Playing Cards in Cairo by Hugh Miles

EGYPT: Films
Clash (2016)
Exodus:Gods and Kings (2014)
Cairo Time (2009)
Stargate (1994)
Death on the Nile (1978)
Cleopatra (1963)
The Ten Commandments (1956)

Preparing for Your Trip
Reconfirming Flights
It is not necessary to call your airline to reconfirm your flights. However, we do recommend that you check your airline’s website 24 hours prior to your flight to ensure that your flights remain on schedule and that flight times are unchanged.

Seat Assignments
As a courtesy service, complimentary airline seat assignments are requested on your behalf and, when available, are displayed in order of Passenger #1, #2 and so on. Assignments reflect the best available seats at the time of booking. Some airlines and/or fare types do not allow for pre-seating and require this be done at airport check-in only; in which case the display shows “N/A”. Seats are subject to change by your airline(s) including, for example, when there is a schedule change or equipment change after your initial booking; this may cause seat assignments to be changed or even cancelled. Some airlines offer preferred seating for an additional fee; these seats may only be purchased directly from the airline. You will need your family name and the 6-digit airline “Record Locator” which is displayed with the flight details on your reservation. In the event that you change seat assignments directly with your airline, changes will not be reflected on your invoice or documents. At the time that Gate 1 travel documents are issued, the currently assigned seats will be listed based on the assignments stored in your airline reservation at that time. Should you have questions regarding your assignments, please write to us at www.gate1travel.com/contactus.

Frequent Flier Programs
Passengers are responsible to contact their airline directly regarding mileage eligibility and accrual. Airline frequent flier programs determine whether to award miles in part or total based on their own rules which are updated frequently. Some discounted or promotional airfares as well as some code-share flights are not eligible for mileage accrual. Some private airfares, such as a “Gate 1 Travel Airfare”, are not eligible for mileage or may qualify for reduced mileage, even if the same airline class of service is eligible for full mileage when sold as an “Instant Purchase” published airfare. Not all published airfares are eligible for mileage. Gate 1 Travel will record frequent flier numbers when provided by the passenger prior to travel documents being issued. However, the addition of frequent flier numbers to airline records does not guarantee mileage eligibility which is at the sole discretion of each airline. Airline schedule changes may result in flights which were originally eligible for mileage accrual no longer being eligible. We highly recommend passengers to provide their frequent flier account information whenever checking in online and/or at the airport check-in desk. After travel has commenced, it is often not possible to apply for frequent mileage credit. Passengers are also responsible to determine whether previously earned mileage may be applied to flights to secure upgrades.

Known Traveler Number (KTN)
If you have a KTN number, you are normally able to join the TSA security line for expedited processing at the airport. Prior to check in, you should go online or call your airline and add your KTN number to your reservation record. In most cases, you will then see the letters "TSA PRE" printed on your boarding pass. If these letters are not printed, you will not be permitted on the TSA line. Please be aware that some airlines do not participate in the program and therefore even if there is a TSA line at the airport, you will not be given TSA PRE status. Sometimes you may not be selected by TSA (even if you entered a KTN number) and even a minor name discrepancy can result in TSA PRE being denied. It is your responsibility to register your KTN number with your airline and Gate 1 cannot be held responsible for denial of expedited security. Note: KTNs are issued by the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) after completing a background check through TSA's PreCheck® program. Global Entry members may also enjoy expedited customs processing.

Luggage & Packing
Checked bags are typically limited to a total dimension of 62 inches by adding length + width + height (example: 26"+26"+10" = 62”), and a maximum weight of 50 lbs (23kg). Smart Bags with a USB charging port, GPS tracking device and other high-tech features are prohibited as checked or carry-on baggage unless the bag is made with removable batteries and the batteries are removed and stored separately. Many airlines charge for checked bags including flights which begin and end within the USA. The most inexpensive airfare options commonly known as Basic Economy airfares do not include any checked bags nor seat assignments before the day of departure. However, for some airlines, other airfare categories also do not include checked baggage. This will be clearly displayed in our airfare selection and on your invoice. Where available, we highly recommend selecting airfares which include at least 1 piece of checked baggage. Gate 1 Travel is not responsible for checked bag fees, excess luggage or weight charges levied by an airline. Checked baggage allowances displayed on reservation details and invoices reflect the applicable allowance at the time of booking but are subject to change by your airline(s). For your airline’s requirements and fees, visit www.gate1travel.com/baggagefees.aspx. For important baggage information, visit www.gate1travel.com/luggage.aspx. Avoid placing valuables in your checked luggage. Federal law forbids the carriage of hazardous materials aboard the aircraft in your luggage, your carry-on or on your person. A violation can result in five years’ imprisonment and penalties of $250,000 or more (49 U.S.C. 5124). Hazardous materials include explosives, compressed gases, flammable liquids and solids, oxidizers, poisons, corrosives and radioactive materials. Examples: Paints, lighter fluid, fireworks, tear gases, oxygen bottles, and radio-pharmaceuticals. There are special exceptions for small quantities (up to 70 ounces total) of medicinal and toilet articles carried in your luggage and certain smoking materials carried on your person. Check the Transportation and Safety Administration (TSA) website www.tsa.gov to find out the current list of acceptable items you may bring on a plane before packing. We recommend that you use brightly colored luggage tags, straps or other identifiers to help you locate you luggage upon arrival or to describe it in the event that it is lost.

Carry on Luggage
Missed connections and lost luggage are more common than ever. We strongly suggest you use your carry on bag for those necessities you would miss if your checked bags went astray. Items to consider, but not limited to, are prescription medicines, eyeglasses, a change of clothes, mobile phone and charger, valuables (including jewelry and cash), passport, keys, insurance cards, local contact information. Refer to the TSA website for a complete list of items and their sizes which may be carried on board. We also recommend you bring a change of clothes in your carry on bag in the event that your luggage is delayed or lost.

E-Tickets & Advance Check-In
Review the flight itinerary included in your documents. Print and carry a copy of the air itinerary which contains the 6-digit airline "Record Locator" and e-ticket numbers. Advance online check-in is available on some airlines. If available, you may enter your name and 6-digit Record Locator or Flight Ticket Number at the airline's website, and print the boarding pass on your home printer within twenty-four hours of departure. You may check-in online, even if you plan to check luggage at the airport. Airlines without advance online check-in require you to present your identification and e-ticket numbers at the airport self-service kiosk or check-in counter. Paper tickets will be provided in the rare instance when e-tickets cannot be issued.

Day of Departure
Arrive On Time
Due to increased security measures, you should plan to check in at least three hours prior to the scheduled departure time for international flights and two hours prior for domestic flights. Many airlines do not permit check-in less than one hour prior to the scheduled departure time. It is your responsibility to arrive on time for all scheduled flights. Enhanced security procedures, including passenger screening, canine inspection, and inspection of personal electronic devices, have been implemented for all flights into the United States, and therefore security procedures may take longer than normal.

Check-In
If your flight itinerary displays a flight as “Operated By” another carrier, you should check-in at the desk of the “Operated By” airline. When you arrive at the airport, check the airport monitors for updated check-in desk listings. At check-in, be prepared to provide your government issued identification (valid passport required when traveling internationally) and your e-ticket itinerary/ticket numbers to the agent. Once you've checked in and received your boarding passes and luggage claim tickets, proceed directly to the security check. Security lines are often backed up and can take time to get through. Once you've completed security check, proceed directly to your gate and check the large electronic flight screens for your flight time and departure gate for schedule and gate changes. Airport desk clerks will assist with unexpected changes. Once you are in the gate area you can relax, shop or buy a snack before your flight.

Connecting Passengers
Passengers connecting from another point within the USA should check their luggage through to their final destination. Although problems with lost luggage have been minimal, it is a possibility. Certain carriers do not allow baggage “interlining,” and luggage must be checked separately for each flight. When you check your luggage, please verify where your luggage is being sent. When connecting between flights in major airports, you may need to pass through multiple security checkpoints. Therefore, we recommend that you proceed immediately to the gate area for your connecting flight to avoid any unexpected delays which may cause you to be late. Passengers returning to the USA may need to collect their luggage at the first airport of entry and recheck their luggage for their connecting flight.

Flight Services
Avoiding Jet Lag
In order to minimize fatigue and general restlessness caused by jet lag, there are a few steps you may take including switching to your destination time zone when you board the plane, by sleeping and eating according to the new schedule, avoiding heavy eating, caffeine or alcoholic beverages before or during your flight, and by drinking plenty of water and/or fruit juice while flying. Try to sleep on overnight flights and then, upon arrival, avoid the temptation to nap until nighttime.

Airline Food
Unless you are a first or business class passenger, you will likely be treated to a pretty mediocre culinary experience. Reasons for this range from airline budget constraints to the logistics of high altitudes, low humidity and air pressure which tend to desensitize taste buds. Small galleys, tiny ovens and precooked food, plus previously mentioned cost-cuts in order to keep airfares as low as possible, add to some often pretty poor fare. Our suggestion is to stick to simple options, carry a few granola bars, and don't expect this to be your best dining experience.

Premium Economy or Business Class
Service may not be available on all flights or aircraft types, and therefore some flights within an itinerary may not include Premium Economy or Business Class seating. This includes, for example, some US domestic connections and/or short haul flights abroad. When service is not available, you will be accommodated in the best alternative class of service and seating. Please check your operating airline to determine the extra services you may receive.

US Customs & Immigration for Return Flights
In most cases, passengers with return flights that include a connection in the US will need to complete customs and immigration formalities in their first port of entry, requiring them to collect their luggage and check-in for their onward flight. However, there are some exceptions: certain airports in Canada and Ireland (Dublin), allow US Immigration formalities to be completed in the overseas airport at the gate area.

Foreign Domestic Flights
If your tour program includes foreign domestic flights, and those tickets are not included together with the e-ticket itinerary in your travel documents, you will receive those tickets at your destination from our local representative.

What to do if You Need Assistance

Whether you purchased your airfare from Gate 1 Travel or from the airline directly, please bear in mind that Gate 1 Travel does not own nor operate the airline(s), nor the airport facilities where they operate. At times, flying can be a frustrating experience, especially when things do not go exactly as planned, and airline explanations can be confusing or even misleading. Should you face a problem, remain calm and seek assistance either from the airline directly or from Gate 1. Please be aware that in most cases, on the day of your flight(s), airlines pass responsibility for your reservation to their staff at the airport and it is not always possible for Gate 1 Travel to intervene on your behalf, either through our reservations system or directly with your airline.

Emergency Assistance
The Gate 1 emergency line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call: 800 682-3333 or 215 572-7676. From overseas, call: 001 215 572-7676. Outside office hours, listen to the prompts, then press 3. You will speak immediately with a representative, or you may be asked to leave a detailed message including your name, your booking number, and most importantly the telephone number where you can be reached. Your message will be forwarded immediately to a representative who will contact you at the telephone number provided.

Last Minute Schedule Changes & Flight Delays
On the day of travel, check the flight schedule and advise Gate 1 by phone, 800 682-3333 or 215 572-7676, of any significant changes that might affect your arrival transfer or hotel reservation. Gate 1 cannot be held responsible for affected land services, including arrival and/or departure transfers should flights be changed without our knowledge. Gate 1 will make every effort to inform passengers of schedule changes and cannot be held responsible for changes in routing and/or the number of stops in the itinerary. Nor will Gate 1 provide compensation for changes or cancellations implemented by an airline.

Missed Flights
In the event that you miss your flight which departs as scheduled, for any reason, your airline will consider you a "no-show” and may resell your seat(s) to other customers. This will also result in the cancellation of any later flights in your itinerary. Similarly, if you voluntarily decide not to use any of the flights on your itinerary, the airline will consider you a “no show” and cancel remaining flights on your itinerary. In this case, please contact your airline immediately for assistance in getting you to your destination. Missed flights are typically fully non-refundable and you may be required to purchase new flights from the airline at your own expense. Once your alternative arrangements have been confirmed, please contact Gate 1 with your new flight details.

Missed Connection
If you are connecting from a domestic flight which is delayed for any reason, causing you to miss your international flight, ask the airline for assistance in getting you to your destination. Since all airline tickets are issued on special fares which carry restrictions and penalties if changed, it's the airline's responsibility to make alternate arrangements on your behalf as Gate 1 has no authority or control over airline activities and policies. Do not leave the airline check-in desk until an alternative itinerary has been confirmed.

Lost Luggage
If your luggage is lost or damaged by the airlines, a baggage claim form must be filed with the carrier before leaving the airport. Any cost to retrieve luggage will be your responsibility and you should retain receipts to submit to your insurance provider. You may be required to return to an airport to retrieve your luggage personally.

Arrival & Departure
Arrival Procedures
Upon arrival, please complete immigration formalities if necessary and claim your luggage. If your program includes airport arrival transfers, check your voucher for specific instructions, as they vary with every destination. In most cases, you will be met after collecting your luggage or passing through Customs by the local representative who will be holding a Gate 1 Travel sign and/or a sign with your name on it. In some instances you will be instructed to walk a short distance to a transportation counter. The company's name and location will be printed on your voucher. If for any reason you do not connect with the Gate 1 transfer personnel, go to the Tourist Information Desk and ask them to page the Gate 1 Travel representative or phone the number on your voucher. If you are delayed due to lost luggage, phone the number on the voucher or have a companion exit the Customs Area to advise the transfer representative.

Be wary of airport scammers who offer unwanted assistance. If you are arriving without a pre-arranged transfer, we strongly recommend going to the Tourist Information Desk to ask for a licensed taxi or transfer service. You may be asked to pay for the transfer at the desk prior to the trip, this will ensure you are not charged extra during the trip.

What To Do When Your Flight Is Delayed
Airlines do not share flight manifest information. Therefore, the only way we may learn of a delay or schedule change while you are traveling is from you, the traveler. The sooner you are able to contact one of our offices, the better we can respond. Please refer to the Emergency Assistance instructions on this same document. Gate 1 Travel is only able to guarantee pre-reserved arrival transfers for up to one hour from the scheduled time, no matter the cause. In case you are delayed for any reason, and are unable to follow the instructions on your voucher, please make independent transfer arrangements and retain your receipts. Unused tour services, including transfers and hotel nights are not refundable. Upon you return home you will need to contact your airline and/or insurance carrier to investigate the possibility of reimbursement for any unused tour services.

Departure Procedures
If your program includes departure transfers, instructions will be stated on your voucher or provided locally.

Transfers
Due to local traffic and other extenuating circumstances, we ask that you allow 30 minutes from your scheduled transfer time for our representative to arrive. This includes hotel, airport and cruise transfers. Such possible delays are taken into consideration in scheduling transfers and you should therefore have no concerns about arriving late for your tour, flight or cruise. For transfers from a hotel, let the hotel reception desk or concierge know that you are waiting for a transfer. In the case of a missed transfer, reimbursement for your out-of-pocket expenses will be considered provided you obtain a written statement from the hotel's front desk verifying the length of time you waited, and the time you left the hotel, and a receipt for your transportation with time and date.

The cost of a transfer is more expensive than hiring a taxi, as a Gate 1 transfer necessarily includes round trip service, or 'dead-leg'. Often the places of call (airports, seaports, hotels) demand entrance and parking fees, where drivers may have to wait for up to an hour. Passengers comfortable hiring a taxi on their own and do not require assistance will save money.

About Your Accommodations
Hotels
Gate 1 Travel has carefully selected each hotel based on overall quality, location, price, food, service, and cleanliness. All rooms are standard twin-bedded (two single beds) rooms with private facilities. Special requests such as bed types, smoking preference and connecting rooms are subject to availability. Room selection in all cases, unless otherwise reserved, is strictly at the discretion of the hotel's management on a run-of-house basis. Triple rooms consist of standard twin beds or one double bed plus a sofa/folding bed or cot for third person except in the U.S. and Canada, where triple rooms often consist of two double/queen beds for three persons; where available, a fee may be charged by the hotel for the addition of a cot/rollaway. The number of persons accommodated does not dictate the room size. Although available at most 4 and 5 star hotels, the use of air-conditioning abroad differs greatly from the United States, and is often shut down at night and from the end until the start of the summer months. Some lodges and accommodations in remote regions may not have all of the amenities, such as hairdryer, alarm clock and room service, that you might find in a larger hotel located in a city center.

Egypt Hotels - The hotels in Egypt offer all the amenities & services expected by guests, such as hairdryer, in-room safe, alarm clock, 24-hour room service, air-conditioning, mini-bars and complimentary Wi-Fi. Room selection in all cases, unless otherwise reserved, is strictly at the discretion of the hotel's management on a run-of-house basis. The number of persons accommodated does not dictate the room size. Hotel check-in time is generally not before 3:00 p.m. and check-out time is at 12 noon.

Hotel Check-in/ Check-out
Hotel check-in time is generally not before 4:00 p.m. and check-out time is prior to noon. If you will be arriving early in the day or departing in the evening, hotels will usually allow you to store your luggage in their luggage room. Ask at the front desk if the hotel can check you in earlier, or let you stay later.

Nile Cruises
The M/S Queen of Hansa offers elegant, classic 4 star accommodations with exceptional service to ensure the best experience while cruising the Nile between Luxor & Aswan. Our large cabins are fitted with wall to wall sliding windows, satellite TV, minibar, safe, a seating area and a private bathroom. Smoking is prohibited on board except for on the sun deck. However, it is strongly suggested not to smoke while aboard the ship.

At Your Destination
Eco & Sustainable Tourism
We support global efforts to create a more eco-friendly world, intolerant of any forms of cruelty, abuse and intentional environmental destruction. To that end we ask that our clients maintain a watchful eye as they travel, and report any abuses they may encounter. One of the many benefits of tourism is the shared cultural knowledge and ultimate elimination of negative behavior through education. We rely on your good feedback to enable this element of symbiosis. As you travel and learn about foreign cultures, we ask first and foremost that you practice tolerance and respect for local customs.

Gratuities
Tipping is always a matter of personal discretion. For your convenience, please use the summary below as a guideline for recommended gratuity amounts. Gratuities may be paid in local currency or US dollar equivalent where accepted. Please be aware that tipping is considered by many locals to be a part of their normal remuneration and some may approach you for additional "compensation." There is no need to be intimidated by the request, nor should you feel pressured to pay more than recommended. If you become uncomfortable by any behavior you encounter, please advise your tour manager or phone our local office. Numbers are provided in your documents for your convenience.

Suggested Tipping: Egypt

Tour Manager (acts as Egyptologist guide and coordinator): US $6 per person per day
Driver (Provides chauffeur services and limited assistance with luggage): US $2 per person per day, $1 per half day
Nile River Cruise: Crew: US $5 per person per day
Hotel porters and wait staff: Included

Egypt - It is customary to tip in restaurants (10% is customary for good service) and other places that cater to tourists. Many public bathrooms are staffed, and a small tip is standard when using these facilities.

About Your Sightseeing
To ensure a pleasant and fair experience for passengers on our escorted tours, there is a mandatory seat rotation policy on our motor coaches which will be organized by your Tour Manager. On river cruises, color-coded group splits may be used for shoreside included and Optional tours. Some buses are equipped with toilet facility, however they are strictly intended for emergency use only and often require the vehicle to stop for safety reasons before use. When travel dates coincide with religious holidays and national celebrations, some monuments and sites may be closed, sometimes without prior notice. On these occasions, escorted touring itineraries may be amended to reflect these closures. Occasionally, during holidays and certain periods, and/or due to other unforeseen circumstances including weather conditions, there may be last-minute changes, sometimes after arrival, which may affect the sequence of the tour and locations visited. National monuments and tourist sites regularly undergo renovations, which can obscure the monument's view. No tour will be canceled due to renovations, however Gate 1 will decide based on the conditions whether to amend an itinerary. To respect the privacy of all tour participants, your tour manager will not organize a group photo or collect passenger email addresses for a group list.

Land Only Passengers (Escorted Tours)
Your tour manager will contact you after your arrival at your hotel. Passengers who have not purchased arrival transfers from Gate 1 Travel should proceed directly to the hotel for check-in. The details of the hotel can be found in your documents.

Purchasing Tours Locally
On escorted tours, the guides will generally sell optional tours to passengers who have not pre-purchased them. Payment can be made by cash or credit card, unless otherwise noted below. This does not apply to Independent packages. Please see Gate 1 Terms & Conditions for more information. https://www.gate1travel.com/terms.aspx#optional

Independent Activities - Gate 1 itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently and with due consideration. Gate 1 is not responsible for any activities not expressly included in its programs. Caution should be exercised when selecting certain activities that may require physical strength, coordination or exertion. Particular care should be taken when considering animal rides, such as on camels, mules or horses

Currency
We suggest getting a small amount of currency for the first country you're visiting before you depart (except India). It is a good idea to carry a chart with you to help you convert dollars to the local currency. It's also a good idea not to carry too much money. Many countries have ATM machines that accept most ATM cards, but be sure you know your ATM password in numbers-the keypads on foreign ATMs don't always have letters. ATM machines will only dispense cash in local currency. Check with respective consulates to learn current currency allowances and requirements. Use your credit card whenever possible. Should you decide to carry cash, please note that exchange at banks is typically more favorable than at hotels or exchange bureaus. However, bank hours are limited to Mondays through Fridays and sometimes only morning hours on those days. Please note that many banks and most vendors will not accept or exchange $100 bills. We suggest to carry $20 bills or smaller. In many destinations (except Western Europe), we suggest to bring between $50 to $100 in $1 bills which may be used to pay gratuities.

Egypt - The Egyptian pound is the currency of Egypt.

Bank opening hours are typically Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 2pm. Most banks do not offer exchange service. ATM machines can be found within all main towns and tourist destinations. The American Express Card is less commonly accepted. It is best to travel with cash, Mastercard and Visa. Ensure that you have sufficient cash on hand, as ATMs will not always be readily available. It is recommended to carry cash in small denominations such as 5 or 10 Egyptian Pounds or in US $1 bills to make tipping and minor expenses easier.

Credit Cards
While credit cards are accepted in most destinations, it is advisable to carry local currency. Inform your credit card company that you are traveling to avoid your card being blocked for security reasons.

While most US-issued credit cards have the embedded microprocessor chip, there are still some that have the magnetic-strip technology. The "chip-and-PIN" cards require users to punch in a personal identification number (PIN) instead of signing for a purchase. For example, many automated ticket kiosks, such as those commonly found at train stations, gas pumps and parking garages, don't accept cards without a chip and PIN. Most cash registers are equipped to handle American cards but if you encounter difficulties, offer an alternative credit card or politely insist that the cashier keep trying to swipe the credit card. ATMs typically recognize and accept US issued debit cards. For travel to Europe, should you anticipate using ticket kiosks or purchasing train tickets locally, you may consider buying tickets and other basic purchases prior to departure.

Egypt - Major credit cards such as Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted in Egypt with the exception of American Express which is less commonly accepted. Some of the small shops and local vendors only take cash and do not accept credit cards.

Shopping
Most people enjoy bringing home at least one souvenir from the countries they visit. However, some find any amount of shopping to be too much while others never find enough opportunities.

We have built into our Escorted itineraries a few shopping stops at recommended spots. These stops are designed to enhance your experience by providing an opportunity to see first-hand quality locally crafted merchandise which you may not be able to find on your own. Shops are checked to ensure the quality and authenticity of the products they offer, and we limit guides from visiting other locations. In some cases, we plan these stops to provide an opportunity to use clean bathrooms and to stretch your legs. All shops want your satisfaction, and therefore in case of any misunderstanding they ask that you kindly submit your claim to us within one week of the item's receipt. Claims submitted later will be subject to each store’s policies.

While shopping independently, we advise you to exercise care and common sense when making any purchase. Always get a formal receipt. And remember that, just like in this country, if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is!

About Tax-Free Shopping
Tax-Free Shopping allows shoppers to reclaim the VAT (Value-Added Tax) or GST (Goods and Services Tax) they have paid on their purchases in some foreign countries in accordance with restrictions and procedures as dictated by each country. Refund eligibility varies by country, but may require presenting a scanned copy of your passport at the time of purchase, a minimum amount spent, or providing original store receipts. For more details, check the respective country’s online website, with the shop salesperson, with your tour manager or at www.globalblue.com for specific country regulations and airport operation hours. Please keep in mind that you must apply for VAT refund in the airport of the country the items were purchased and allow enough time prior to your flight for the application.

U.S. Customs & Shipping Charges
You may carry items with a fair retail value totaling $800 into the U.S. Taxes may be applied to the next $1,000 worth of merchandise. U.S. Customs determines the value of your items, often honoring a genuine sales receipt. Items which are shipped home are always subject to duty when received in the U.S. (in addition to shipping charges). Some shops may offer to include shipping and duties in the price but this typically means shipping only to the customs facility closest to you and payment only of the export duties; you would still need to collect the item and pay U.S. import duties. Please be aware that it is illegal to import products made from endangered animal species. U.S. Customs & Border Protection will seize these items, as well as most furs, coral, tortoise shell, reptile skins, feathers, plants, and items made from animal skins.

Egypt - Egypt offers many fine and unique goods. Some shops feature fixed prices, while at others haggling is expected. Vendors often use high-pressure tactics to encourage customers to buy, even at reputable stores.

Your Safety is Very Important
Prior to your trip, if you are traveling overseas, we strongly recommend that you visit the website of the U.S. Department of State at www.travel.state.gov, specifically the section which addresses International Travel. You should read the tips for foreign travel and travel warnings for the country or countries that you plan to visit.

It is also important that you do not allow your common sense to take a vacation while on your trip. Here are several tips which, if followed, will save much potential hardship:

  • Always use seat belts (if provided)
  • Be aware of potentially dangerous places and situations as you would be at home. Avoid wearing expensive jewelry and carry your valuables concealed in inside pockets or hidden pouches. Your objective is to avoid drawing attention and to blend in with the crowd
  • Don't put all your valuables (money, credit cards, passports, etc.) in the same place (in case one wallet is stolen, you should have other valuables and identification in another safe place)
  • Do not leave valuables laying loose in your room or on the bus as Gate 1 Travel is not responsible for any loss. Use the hotel safe. Keep copies of your passports, credit card numbers and travelers checks numbers in the hotel safe
  • When possible we suggest traveling in pairs or groups when moving about independently
  • Do not pack valuables (cameras, computers, jewelry, etc.) in your checked luggage. Keep hard to replace valuables with you in your carry-on bag
  • Keep wallets safely tucked into front trouser pockets and/or wear a money pouch inside your clothing
  • Carry handbags close to your body, shoulder bags the cross-body method with the bag in front of your body
  • Credit cards are generally accepted everywhere and are safer than traveling with large amounts of cash
  • While in destination, you may encounter local wildlife. Please refrain from touching any animal as they may carry diseases or harm you.

If you've purchased an escorted tour program, your travel documents will include telephone numbers of local Gate 1 Travel representatives who will do their utmost to assist you in the event of an emergency. The numbers are printed on your Gate 1 Travel vouchers. Please copy the numbers. Once you relinquish the voucher, you will not have this information. Passengers traveling independently should employ the services of hotel concierges and local authorities.

Egypt - We recommend that you apply reasonable caution and common sense while traveling to Egypt. You should be vigilant at all times, avoid crowded places and follow the advice of the Egyptian authorities. Stay away from demonstrations, protests and large gatherings. Always use hotel safes and watch out for bag snatchers and pickpockets. While on cruise, you are on a ship with a high safety standard and reliable crew. In case of emergency, we ask you to follow the instructions of your crew. For your safety, the ship is equipped with a lifeboat and your cabin is equipped with life jackets which are located under the bed.

Tourist Street Scams
Pickpockets and thieves can destroy an otherwise wonderful holiday. Be mindful of these precautions to help avoid being scammed or robbed:

  • Remain alert and cautious. Be wary of any unusual contact or commotion in crowded public places, including train stations, markets, subways and tourist sites;
  • Be especially careful when traveling independently, or leaving your tour group to explore on your own. Try not to travel alone, especially at night. Avoid narrow alleys and poorly lit streets;
  • Use only official taxis and check the change you receive from all taxi drivers and vendors;
  • Beware of pickpockets often working with an accomplice who will distract you by spilling something on you, dropping a wallet or other seemingly valuable object, or tripping and falling down in front of you;
  • Beware of aggressive street vendors who may approach you offering a demonstration which may end with you being pressured to purchase an item or act as a distraction for another pickpocket;
  • Don’t tip beggars;
  • Wear the shoulder strap of your bag across your chest;
  • Carry modest amounts of cash (US dollars) in small denominations so that you can avoid flashing large bills when paying for small items;
  • ATM machines can be a convenient way to carry less currency. However those machines too can be used for robbery. Be wary of anyone who can look over your shoulder when inputting PINs. Another scam involves rigging the machine with a plastic insert which makes your card retrieval difficult; the thief then removes your card after you walk away;
  • If you are confronted, do not fight back - give up your valuables. If your possessions are lost or stolen, report the loss immediately to the local police and keep a copy of the official report for insurance claims.


Local Emergency Phone Numbers
Egypt
  • Ambulance/Medical: 0
  • Fire: 03180
  • Police: 0

Languages
Egypt - Egyptian Arabic is the local language. English is generally spoken in tourist areas.

Electricity
Please note: The U.S. uses 120 volts and you can purchase a converter and transformer at most hardware stores for your 120V appliances.

Egypt - The voltage used is 220 volts, including on board Nile cruises.

Code of Conduct
Egypt - Egypt is an Islamic country. Visitors should observe normal courtesies. Shaking hands is a standard form of greeting. Women should dress modestly, especially in non-tourist and rural areas, where traditional mores are more strictly followed. Beachwear should be confined to the beach and poolside. Public display of affection is sometimes regarded as discourteous. Smoking is very common.

Meals & Dietary Requests
Included meals are based on the restaurant's buffet or set menu. Beverages are not included, unless specifically stated. Although special diets like Vegetarian and Vegan are relatively commonplace in the USA, much of the world's menu options are more provincial. Please do not expect to find the variety of food selection outside of the local norm. Every effort will be made to honor special dietary requests selected no later than 5 days prior to departure in the passenger details section of your reservation. In addition, we recommend that you make preferences known to your tour manager upon arrival, and at each hotel/restaurant. Special requests are subject to local conditions and availability and cannot be guaranteed.

Egypt - The Egyptian cuisine dates back 5000 years and combines aspects from the Middle East and North Africa, as well as Greece. Traditional foods include Shawerma, Hawawshi, Kushari, Fattah and Kebab & Kofta. Popular drinks include: Qasab, Karakadey and Sahlab. Be sure that all food, including meats and vegetables and fruits are fully cooked. Avoid eating raw fruits and vegetables. Do not eat food purchased from street vendors. Avoid dairy products, unless you know they have been pasteurized. Drink only bottled or boiled water, or carbonated drinks in cans or bottles. Avoid tap water, fountain drinks, and ice cubes. Egyptian mealtimes are as follows. Lunch is from 3-4 pm and dinner from 9-10 pm.

Holidays
On public holidays, there may be reduced public transportation, as well as limited hours or closures of attractions, shops and restaurants.

Holidays - Egypt

Holidays 2024

Jan 1: Coptic Christmas Day
Jan 25: Revolution Day
Apr 10-12: Eid el Fitr (End of Ramadan)
Apr 25: Sinai Liberation Day
May 1: Labor Day
May 5: Coptic Easter Sunday
May 6: Spring Festival
Jun 16: Arafat Day
Jun 17-19: Eid al-Adha
Jun 30: Revolution Day (National Day)
Jul 4: Day off for Revolution Day (National Day)
Jul 8: Muharram (Islamic New Year*)
Jul 23: Revolution Day July 23
Jul 25: Revolution Day July 23 day off
Sep 16: Prophet Mohamed's Birthday
Oct 6: Armed Forces Day
Oct 10: Armed Forces Day (day off)


Holidays 2025

Jan 1: January 1 Bank Holiday
Jan 7: Coptic Christmas
Jan 25: Revolution Day
Apr 20: Coptic Easter Sunday
Apr 21: Spring Festival
Mar 31-Apr 2: Eid el Fitr
Apr 25: Sinai Liberation Day
May 1: Labor Day
Jun 6: Arafat Day
Jun 7-9: Eid al-Adha
Jun 27: Muharram (Islamic New Year*)
Jul 23: Revolution Day (National Day)
Jul 24: Day off for Revolution Day (National Day)
Sep 6: Prophet Mohamed's Birthday
Oct 6: Armed Forces Day
Oct 9: Day off for Armed Forces Day


*Please note that Islamic holidays are based a lunar calendar, and exact dates depend on local sightings of the moon. Because of this, actual dates may vary from the dates given above.

During Ramadan, historic and cultural sites may close early and operate with minimal staff. The order of sightseeing may be changed to accommodate the holiday observance. Traffic congestion is common during Ramadan. Some hotels and restaurants may not serve alcoholic beverages. Entertainment may be limited to be respectful of the holiday observance. Modest dress is suggested during Ramadan (no shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops). Use discretion when drinking, eating, and smoking in public between sunrise and sunset. Consider keeping drinks and snacks in your hotel room that you may consume in private.

During Sham el Nessim, historic and cultural sights may be more crowded than usual. The order of sightseeing may be changed to accommodate the overcrowding and traffic conditions.

Internet/Phone Use While Aboard MS Queen of Hansa
Please be advised MS Queen of Hansa has basic WiFi throughout the reception area and at the Lounge bar. Cabins do not have WiFi. Please note the possibility of potential interruptions in satellite signals based on terrain and weather, plus factors such as populated ports where many ships are utilizing the same satellite signal, which may cause slower online connections than you are accustomed to at home.

Egypt -traffic congestion and delays are common, particularly in downtown Cairo. Sightseeing durations include travel time estimates.

13 Day Classic Egypt with 7 Day Nile Cruise, January 2024
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Our trip to Egypt was amazing! Hossam, our guide, was beyond fabulous. He was kind, patient, knowledgeable and helpful! We were always informed of our schedule and anything we needed was provided. I can't say enough about Hossam and our trip! Another Gate 1 success!!!

Patricia W.
13 Day Enchanting Egypt with 7 Day First Class Nile Cruise, January 2024
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The trip was awesome. Amr was truly exceptional with his knowledge and passion for Egypt. We felt totally safe and highly recommend this tour.

William B.
13 Day Classic Egypt with 7 Day Nile Cruise, January 2024
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My trip was beyond my expectations. My 2 travel companions and I could not have been happier with the accommodations in both hotels and the river cruise. The food was delicious, the staff courteous and attentive, and our guide, Ossama, was one of the best I have ever encountered. He was knowledgeable , patient, and supportive throughout. He went the extra mile in helping us negotiate our tours, shop, and make sure that we were treated properly everywhere we went. Thank you to Gate 1 for once again providing an excellent touring experience.

Anita L.
11 Day Crown of Egypt with 3 Day First Class Nile Cruise, January 2024
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I just returned for the 11 Crown of Egypt excursion. It was fabulous from start to finish! Gate ! does a great job of having everything organized before the guests arrive. All flights, transfers, hotel stays, and daily excursions went seamlessly. The trip was fun and very informative, due largely, to our tour guide Walid. I've been on other Gate 1 trips and the guides were good, but Walid went above and beyond for us! He was the best! By the end of the trip all of us really felt like a family. This was a trip of a lifetime for me, and it turned out to be much more than I could ever have anticipated. Can't wait for my next Gate 1 trip.

Carol K.
11 Day Crown of Egypt with 3 Day First Class Nile Cruise, December 2023
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Despite the prevailing fears and concerns surrounding the conflict in the Middle East, I must say that the trip was truly remarkable! We had an exceptional experience learning about the ancient Egyptian civilizations, which laid the foundation for numerous technological advancements that we enjoy today. The people we encountered during our journey were a definite highlight. Gate 1 had an incredible team in Egypt who ensured that every detail was taken care of, providing us with the best possible experience. Our tour director, Medo, was truly exceptional. His extensive knowledge of Egyptian culture and history, along with his kindness and professionalism, made this one of the most memorable experiences for both experienced and first-time travelers. I wholeheartedly recommend that travelers trust Gate 1's judgment regarding the safety of their trips and proceed with their plans, even when others may cancel due to various fears. Gate 1 would never compromise the safety of its travelers. As mentioned earlier, Medo is undoubtedly one of the finest tour directors I have ever encountered.

Luz C.
10 Day Classic Egypt with 4 Day Nile Cruise, November 2023
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The Gate 1 Egypt trip was the best I've ever taken. Egypt Air was fantastic. On time, easy to check in, comfortable seats that became beds and excellent food. The crew was delightful. Gate 1 met us in Cairo, collected our bags and walked us thru customs. The Marriott hotel was great with equally good food and lots of it. Our guide Hossam was brilliant, easy to understand and extremely helpful in so many ways. We learned so much ancient history from him and can't wait to return. I was on the Upper Egypt trip with a 5 day cruise and in 2025 I hope to return to do the Alexandria and 7 day cruise. The Hansa Queen was delightful and again the crew, service attendants and food were excellent. The beds were comfortable and a/c abundant. I tend to be a bit fussy, but honestly, I have no complaints, only compliments. I'm 83 have 2 hip implants and was able to do everything that was offered. I did all the options. Hossam was always there to help me on and off the bus and watched me like I was his mother. Never did I feel threatened or never even a hint of danger. This trip was reasonably priced, and so much more than I expected. There were 18 in our group and we became family. All was perfect. Thank you Gate 1.

Janice A.
13 Day Highlights of Egypt with 7 Day Nile Cruise, November 2023
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We had a wonderful time in Egypt and we were fortunate to have Riham as our Tour Director. She was one of the best Tour Directors we have encountered on our trips. She is always sharing her deep knowledge of ancient and modern Egyptian history. She is always willing to help if you have a question or concern and she provides the group with useful and practical advice daily. She is very well-organized and every tour we had with her was an informative and memorable experience. We really enjoyed all the meals we had on this trip. The chefs on the Queen of Hansa did an excellent job. They introduced us to many Egyptian specialty dishes and we really appreciate that. Everything was delicious and fresh. Hotel Conrad Cairo and Hotel Cairo Hilton Heliopolis are both excellent hotels. Beautifully furnished, spacious and comfortable rooms, great location, great customer service, excellent food. We really appreciate Gate 1's obvious concern for our security. We felt safe at all times. We will tell anyone who asks about the trip that Egypt is a safe country to visit and definitely worth a trip. Gate 1, thank you very much for a wonderful experience in Egypt!

Lyudmila L.
12 Day Crown of Egypt with 4 Day First Class Nile Cruise, November 2023
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Hats off to Gate 1 for crafting an outstanding itinerary and delivering an unforgettable trip to Egypt! Every detail was seamlessly arranged, from exploring ancient wonders to savoring local delights. Your meticulous planning and top-notch service made this adventure truly extraordinary. Thank you for creating memories that will last a lifetime!

Paulo S.
13 Day Classic Egypt with 7 Day Nile Cruise, November 2023
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Our trip was fantastic! As per usual, and as expected, our accommodations, food, itineraries and travel arrangements were top notch! There was so much to see and do in Egypt - way beyond our expectations - and our tour guide, Sam, made it a fantastic experience. Hossam was incredibly knowledgeable, organized and entertaining. We really enjoyed our time with him! Egypt was safe to travel in and the Egyptian people were truly friendly and welcoming. We can't wait to go on our next Gate 1 Adventure in the near future! Thank you so much!

Peter B.
13 Day Crown of Egypt with 7 Day First Class Nile Cruise, October 2023
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Thank you for your email, our trip was excellent! We almost didn't go because safety issues, but there were tourist police everywhere and security guard on our bus, I never felt unsafe for one moment. And our tour guide Rania was so knowledgeable on Egyptian history which makes this trip so unforgettable. I'm glad we decided to go on this trip.

Yee D.
11 Day Crown of Egypt with 3 Day First Class Nile Cruise, October 2023
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My Gate 1 tour of Egypt was one of the best that I have experienced. Out tour guide, Ibrahim, was very friendly and professional, and shared of his wealth of knowledge concerning Egypt and its history. The accommodations were excellent with top level service and amenities. The buses were brand new and the food was great! I was impressed with the attention to security and safety. The pace was rather demanding, especially with the hot conditions, but the effort was well worth it. I would highly recommend this tour.

Michael R.
15 Day Classic Egypt with Alexandria, Hurghada & 3 Day Nile Cruise, October 2023
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OMG! It was the best decision I have ever made!! Egypt was amazing. Ossama, our tour guide, was incredible! I must admit that I had my hesitation about going because of the Israel issues, but I never felt uneasy ever. It was amazing! I am impressed with all the logistical planning that must go on behind the scenes. I will travel with Gate 1 again.

Wanda G.
9 Day Classic Egypt with 3 Day Nile Cruise, October 2023
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My trip was fabulous. I loved everything. The excursions, the food, the people, the hotels couldn't been better. I had the best tour guide. I went during the crisis where Israel and the Hamas was fighting. I felt very safe. While In Egypt, there were no tension. Everyone was friendly. I would go again. I recommend that everyone should try to travel to Egypt at least once.

Christol R.
13 Day Classic Egypt with 7 Day Nile Cruise, October 2023
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My husband and I had a wonderful time. Our tour guide Sherif was super nice and efficient. The two Cairo hotels we stayed in were lovely. All the staff we met were friendly and couldn't do enough to make our trip pleasant. And of course the sights were magnificent!

Gloria S.
15 Day Classic Egypt with Alexandria, Hurghada & 3 Day Nile Cruise, September 2023
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Our trip was outstanding, you guys hit it out of the park. Walid is the absolute best tour guide ever. His knowledge of Egypt from antiquity to the present is unbelievable. He should get a pay raise! We look forward to our next Gate 1 tour adventure! Please let Walid know how pleased we were to be members of his tour family.

Thomas B.
11 Day Crown of Egypt with 3 Day First Class Nile Cruise, September 2023
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It was wonderful & memorable! Our tour manager Reham was outstanding & did an excellent job explaining all the sites & provided great & interesting talks all through the tour! She was the best tour manager or guide we have ever had! Her personality & knowledge truly made a big difference in how we enjoyed our Egypt trip! Thank you for giving us such an amazing experience in Egypt!

Grace K.
10 Day Classic Egypt with 4 Day Nile Cruise, September 2023
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It was absolutely amazing!!! Egypt is a beautiful country, with beautiful people, and so rich in history and culture you can hardly resist it. Gate 1 staff was so remarkable. Every one of them was great but our tour manager must be by far the best in this industry. We can't say enough great things about her. She made us feel like family, shared her image of Egypt from an emotional and an academic standpoint. She managed all 32 of us with impeccable charisma and grace. The rest of the staff was helpful, so much so we felt like VIP. The choice of hotels/cruise was above our expectations and a big reason why we will travel with you all again. Food was great, buses comfortable and there was plenty of water they gave us since Egypt is such a hot and dry country. So 5 stars all around. Bravo Gate 1!!!

Zoe P.
13 Day Classic Egypt with 7 Day Nile Cruise, September 2023
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The trip was wonderful! Gate 1 was very thorough every step of our tour and our tour guide, Rasha, was fantastic. We were impressed with the high quality and standards of hotels, food, and transportation, etc. It was our first trip as a "tour" and we were very impressed. It is our plan to take more of them in the future.

Arlene J.
13 Day Crown of Egypt with 7 Day First Class Nile Cruise, September 2023
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First....our tour guide, Dina, was fabulous! Dina is extremely knowledgeable, very organized, patient, clever, and has the ability to maneuver her group through schedule challenges smoothly and efficiently. We loved her. Dina is a true asset to Gate1. I was very amazed with the amount of sites we were able to see and in a very efficient manner. This was my second Gate1 trip which included a river cruise and I'm a convert! Although we covered A LOT of ground, cruising allows enough relaxation time in between so I never felt overwhelmed or rushed to the next event. The cruise boat was well appointed, very clean, the food was good, and the crew was delightful and attentive. While on this trip I booked two more Gate1 trips for next year! Love the value of Gate1. Egypt was eye opening and stunning. A great trip!

Michelle R.
10 Day Classic Egypt with 4 Day Nile Cruise, September 2023
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Hope this finds you all safe and well. Elizabeth and I just returned from a two week tour of Egypt. Scratch one off my bucket list. The monuments, tombs, and antiquities are magnificent. We had a combined land tour and Nile cruise. We booked the tour through Gate 1 Travel. I have booked them in the past and they never disappoint. The hotels and restaurants are five star, the itinerary is as advertised, and our guide, Hosam, was incredible. He spoke four languages, is an educated Egyptologist, and injected a great sense of humor into his presentations. We met some very nice and interesting folks in our tour group of 27. Rather than describe what we saw, I'll let the photos speak for themselves. Take care.

Donald A.
11 Day Crown of Egypt with 3 Day First Class Nile Cruise, April 2023
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During our recent trip to Egypt, we were fortunate enough to have Rania as our tour guide. It would not be an exaggeration to say that she was the best tour guide in the world. Rania was not only attentive to our needs but also possessed great insight and knowledge about the country. She went above and beyond to ensure that our group had an unforgettable experience. Her guidance and expertise allowed us to appreciate the beauty of every part of Egypt and make the most out of our trip. Rania's exceptional skills as a tour guide made our journey truly special, and we were lucky to have her. Despite her vast knowledge and experience, Rania remained humble and treated us like family. She made sure that we understood every detail and helped us see Egypt from a unique perspective. Her passion for her work and her country was contagious, and we all felt like we were a part of something special. In short, Rania Selim is a remarkable person and an outstanding tour guide. Her knowledge of Egypt is unparalleled, and she has a gift for making everyone feel special. We are grateful for the opportunity to have had her as our guide and highly recommend her to anyone looking for an exceptional travel experience.

Adjoa G.
17 Day Crown of Egypt with 4 Day First Class Nile Cruise & Jordan, April 2023
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This trip was excellent, with active and compressed itinerary, and very well planned. The last minute airline schedule change, 2 weeks before our departure, was a shock with 4 am arrival at Cairo and 4 am departure returning home. Upon arrival, Gate 1 arranged a day room for 6 hours at an airport hotel before we checked in at our scheduled regular hotel. For our return flight we were arranged to spend our long layover at the VIP lounge at the airport. The way Gate 1 handles arrivals, departures, hotel/boat check-in/out procedures and the transfer of luggage is a stress reliever. The success of the Egypt trip in large part can be credited to our tour manager, Rasha. She is extremely knowledgeable of ancient Egyptian history and current day Egyptian culture. From day one, her friendliness and hospitality made all of us feel so welcome to be in her country. She has terrific people skills, caring and yet consistent in her expectations of the group. She did everything to ensure our safety and warned us about uneven surfaces and constantly reminded us to be careful every step of the way. She also knows invaluable insider tips about where to shop, where to eat, and what to do. This was a very active trip with early wake up calls and lots of walking. The early arrivals to the sites certainly had the benefit of smaller crowds and better visitation experience. Jordan, the second part of our trip, was also excellent. Our tour manager, Hazim, is very experienced and has a great sense of humor. He knows the sites very well, seamlessly planned and timed our visits smoothly. He was very entertaining, very knowledgeable and thoroughly explained each site we visited and left no question unanswered. I saw many sites and things, travelled many miles and ate more food than I ever thought during these 17 days but never felt rushed. What makes a tour "best vacation ever" is the tour manager. I was fortunate to have the best two tour managers this time. Thanks to Gate 1 for this wonderful experience which enriched my life. This is one trip I could not accomplish if I was doing on my own.

Helen C.
10 Day Classic Egypt with 4 Day Nile Cruise, March 2023
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The best part of this my GATE 1 tour has to be of our Tour Manager Omar !!! I have never met a tour manager of Omar's quality, qualifications, and dedications to his clients, profession, his tour company (i.e., GATE 1), and his civilization and country -being either associated with GATE 1 or other many tours/cruises I had had, and he is definitely among the best in the world -if not the best !! In fact, Omar has been extremely unique in his own way and as a whole, in terms of his quality in all perspectives and professional qualifications, and he definitely earned by himself more than a few minutes of time from each of us in his tour group. More specifically, Omar had been extremely kind and genuine, caring equally for all of us regardless of individual background and allocating his time and resources based on the specific needs of each individual; extremely passionate for his profession; very proud of his (Egypt) civilization; loving his beautiful country and sharing information about it as factually and accurately as possible; and extremely effective in communicating with all walks of people, leading the tour group, and attending to the specific needs of each individual; ...

Hongyu W.
9 Day Classic Egypt with 3 Day Nile Cruise, February 2023
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Where do we begin to tell you how wonderful our tour guide Medo (Mohamed) was? The 9 day classic Egypt with 3 day Nile cruise was our first trip with Gate 1, and we are hooked! All our future vacations will be with Gate 1. From the minute we stepped into the Cairo airport until it was time to leave to go back home, our experience was amazing! The hotels, the food, the excursions and the people were second to none. But what made this our "best vacation ever" was our guide, Medo. Medo's knowledge of ancient Egyptian history and current day Egyptian culture was exceptional; we learned and experienced so much. From day one, Medo's friendliness and hospitality made all of us feel so welcome to be in his country!

Andrea K.
17 Day Crown of Egypt with 4 Day First Class Nile Cruise & Jordan, February 2023
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Our 2nd trip to Egypt with Gate1, but with the addition of Jordan this time. What an amazing trip! Our tour manager in Egypt, Tarek, was absolutely and simply the best tour manager we've EVER had on all our trips. Friendly, funny, incredibly knowledgeable, really cared for our little "family" of 31 and kept us on track and safe, and he imparted SO much knowledge that added greatly to our tour. Thank you soooooooo much, Tarek! Our tour manager in Jordan, Mohammed, was also very good and friendly, knowledgeable, helpful and (as we all warmed up to each other) funny! Both men are incredible assets to Gate1, and anyone who tours with them will have a great time. If you're considering any of the Egypt/Jordan Gate1 tours but are holding off because you're concerned about safety, we always felt safe. Security rode and walked with us every day in Egypt and was unobtrusive but always there keeping an eye on everything. The Egyptian people are friendly and happy to see you. Same with the Jordanian people. Vendors can be a little pushy but a polite "no thank you" (or two), or better yet, a polite "la shokran" (or two) and they'll leave you alone. Be warned, though, this is a VERY active trip. Early wake up calls, lots (and LOTS) of walking, on the go. As Tarek said, "you can sleep when you're home!" This was simply an absolutely amazing trip with wonderful staff in 2 incredible countries. Thank you, Gate1!

Cheryl M.
13 Day Classic Egypt with 7 Day Nile Cruise, February 2023
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I'm writing to let you know that tour manager Rania was the best tour guide we had with your company and with other companies we have traveled in the past. Her in-depth knowledge of Egyptology, the culture and history enhanced our understanding of this ancient civilization. Furthermore, she was able to coordinate and cater to all the different needs of the participants, including some quite elderly with mobility issues. She maintained us all entertained and informed of the schedule and logistics on a timely manner. My husband and I left Egypt with the love she was able to share with us.

Veronika E.
13 Day Classic Egypt with 7 Day Nile Cruise, February 2023
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We just returned from the 13 day trip to Egypt and we are writing to Express how amazing our guide Rania was to travel with. We have traveled extensively with a few different companies, but have found Gate one to be the best. We have had many good and knowledgeable guides, but Rania far surpasses anyone that we've had in the past. Her knowledge of Egyptian history is amazing and her excitement at sharing her pride in the Egyptian culture is absolutely infectious. She is kind and caring and available no matter the time of day to help anyone in the group who is having a problem. She is the most selfless truly kind guide we have ever traveled with. She is a gem!!

Gail S.
10 Day Classic Egypt with 4 Day Nile Cruise, January 2023
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All that I can say is WOW! I had always wanted to go to Egypt (canceled last year because of Omicron) and finally made it! I was amazed how well organized this trip was...the Gate1 team was always waiting to help us at the airports and hotels. Our tour manager, Shaimaa, was an impressive, knowledgeable guide who ably navigated us to all of the sites throughout the tour. Congratulations Gate1, you've provided a trip of a lifetime that I'll never forget!

Linda W.
15 Day Classic Egypt with Hurghada & 7 Day Nile Cruise, January 2023
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This was our 12th Gate 1 and a magnificent trip! Fawzy, our Egyptologist/Tour Guide, was able to weave the history into engaging stories that made temples and tombs come to life. The overall pace was good and it was delightful to have a full 7 days on the Queen of Hansa--- a nice floating hotel with high quality and diverse buffet choices. Fawzy gave great tips on local free-time options. I was amazed at how well attended the cities are by Tourist Police and always felt safe, even when exploring on our own. Thanks also for offering the Hurghada option---we really enjoyed relaxing at the Red Sea resort for a couple of days along with visiting the aquarium and learning about Red Sea critters and aquatic history. Loved the trip! High marks across the board!

Marianne V.
12 Day Crown of Egypt with 4 Day First Class Nile Cruise, January 2023
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I wanted to tell you that our tour guide Neveen was an absolute gem -- she was extremely knowledgeable about the history of Egypt. I understand she is an Egyptologist, but I can also tell that she absolutely loves Egypt and also loves sharing her knowledge with the people on our tour group. Thank you for arranging such a wonderful tour guide on our trip.

Carol M.
10 Day Classic Egypt with 4 Day Nile Cruise, December 2022
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The trip to Egypt was a dream come true. Gate1 once again outdid themselves providing great costumer care, hotel accommodations, knowledgeable guide, prioritized the safety of all of us travelers by providing body guards and guided us throughout the whole time. Needless to say, I am looking forward to my next trip and for making new friendships and long lasting memories.

Bibiana H.
10 Day Classic Egypt with 4 Day Nile Cruise, October 2022
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The trip was worth it! This was our 1st group tour experience with Gate 1 Travel and definitely won't be the last! Hossam was an excellent tour coordinator and very knowledgeable of Egyptian history. He was very engaging and his stories touched our hearts and made us appreciate the glory days of Egypt and unfortunately the heartaches too. We made new friends along the way and will cherish every moment spent in Egypt even though it was hectic the last 2 days of the tour. Wi-Fi on the bus was static but everyone was very friendly - driver, security and peeps at the airport (Visa guy). Overall, rating of " Excellent ". Keep up the great work of Hossam and Gate 1 Travel. We will definitely recommend to our friends and family

Bernadette M.
15 Day Classic Egypt with Hurghada & 7 Day Nile Cruise, October 2022
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Our trip to Egypt was very informative and it took me back to the ancient history. Thank you Gate one for delivering a great product in a 15 days trip to Egypt . I Felt like going back to my heritage , which I had read only in the books but what a difference to see things in front of your own eyes , like in Cairo, a basket floating by Pharo's Palace with baby Moses in it was mind boggling. Our guide Amr effectively communicates with Colleagues , Partners , and group members. He clearly discuses all matters and ideas in team meetings. Amr, our group manager, showed excellent time management and organizational skills.

Surriya K.
13 Day Classic Egypt with 7 Day Nile Cruise, October 2022
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Ever since I was in the fourth grade, I have been fascinated with Egypt. My teacher that year brought alive the history and culture of ancient Egypt. Now, 70 years later, I was able to visit the sites that enthralled me so many years ago. Gate1 has put together an excellent 13-day itinerary that includes most of the major ancient sites. I highly recommend the included 7 day river cruise. This cruise enables you to get to the sites and also allows for some time to catch your breath after touring and enjoy cruising on the Nile. (The sunrises and sun sets are spectacular.) Our tour was enhanced by Rania, our tour manager. She has the ability to impart both the history of Egypt and ancient Egyptians as well as the past and present culture of the country. On any given day, Rania was not only an impressive tour guide, but also a teacher, a shepherd, a nurse, a listener, an encourager and an advisor on all things souvenir. Rania brought to life the sites and stories of Egypt that first fascinated me as a nine year old in Mrs. Murray's fourth grade classroom. You will be most fortunate if you are in a tour group with her.

William I.
11 Day Crown of Egypt with 3 Day First Class Nile Cruise, October 2022
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This was our very FIRST trip with Gate One. Because of our tour manager, it will not be our last. Shaimaa went above and beyond for everyone in the group but was especially sweet for us as we celebrated our anniversary. Her love and knowledge of the country was evident in every spoken gesture. Our entire group had a sense of comradery and friendship due to her leadership. Many of them were seasoned Gate 1 travelers, they too shared with us just how great our group was together. That's due to Shaimaa! What was also evident was the pride she took in working for Gate 1. Hearing good things from an employee says tons about your company, and every aspect of the trip was a success. Thank you Gate 1 for a trip we will never forget. It is my sincere hope you acknowledge Shaimaa and hold on to her, she is a gem and an asset. She has a fierce love and pride of her country that shows thru in her professionalism, knowledge, and the overall joy of doing her job. We will never forget Egypt; we will never forget Shaimaa. We look forward to many, many more years and adventures with Gate 1. We also look forward to seeing Shaimaa featured in the Egypt (and others) section! She's not just great at her job, she's beautiful too!

Devette S.
13 Day Crown of Egypt with 7 Day First Class Nile Cruise, October 2022
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I am writing to highly commend our tour guide, Neveen, on the exceptional job she did on our recent trip to Egypt. Her attention to every detail was amazing as was her knowledge of Egypt, her concern for all of us, her organizational skills, her communication skills, her joy for her job, her sense of humor, and her leadership skills. We truly did become a family and there were many tears as we bid each other farewell. Neveen personifies the love she has for her country. She is an exceptional tour guide and we were most fortunate to have had her.

Mary C.
10 Day Classic Egypt with 4 Day Nile Cruise, April 2022
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Our trip to Egypt was wonderful! We thought the itinerary was great. We definitely got to see the places we absolutely wanted to see. Getting to view the sites up close was beyond remarkable. There is no way that there is another person as passionate about Egypt as our tour manager Ossama was. He was well qualified, extremely knowledgeable and gave us a glimpse into the everyday culture and lifestyles of not only ancient Egyptians but also today's current residents. The way Gate 1 handles arrivals, departures, hotel/boat check-in/out procedures and the transfer of luggage is such a stress reliever. You have to be patient but it's worth it. The staff at the airports did a great job, especially at the Cairo airport. While waiting to move on after one of the screenings, a member in our group was approached by a police officer and he asked for her passport. The gate 1 agent came over and took care of that situation immediately. Thanks for providing us with a life changing experience. We look forward to planning another trip with Gate 1 in the very near future.

Natalie W.
11 Day Crown of Egypt with 3 Day First Class Nile Cruise, April 2022
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On our recent trip to Egypt, our tour guide, Ahmed was amazing. He has vast knowledge about Egypt's ancient history, he was always making sure we were safe and hydrated, and he brought together a disparate group of 26 people into one family. You have a real asset in Ahmed. By the way, he constantly extolled the virtues of Gate One and Egypt. Thank you for having Ahmed as a Gate One employee.

Robert R.
9 Day Classic Egypt with 3 Day Nile Cruise, April 2022
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What a fantastic trip!! Our second with Gate 1. It was exceptional, but very exhausting for a retired couple. Everything Gate1 had control over was done to perfection. We just cannot say enough about our tour manager, Hossam. He was entertaining, very knowledgeable and sensitive to the needs of his group. He thoroughly explained each site we visited and left no question unanswered. The tours were first class, covering everything we wanted to see. The 3-day Nile River cruise was a relaxing pleasure. Our group consisted of 34 delightful people who really enjoyed being with one another. Again, we enjoyed the trip very much.

Ronald P.
17 Day Crown of Egypt with 4 Day First Class Nile Cruise & Jordan, March 2022
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Our tour, the 17 Day Crown of Egypt and Jordan with 4-Day Nile Cruise, was absolutely amazing. Both of our tour managers, Noura in Egypt and Omar in Jordan, possessed encyclopedic knowledge of the sites we visited. Their boundless enthusiasm for that history was contagious and our questions were always thoughtfully and completely answered. Noura was a force of nature, leading the way and reminding us to "watch the uneven ground" while telling us about a particular site and its place in Egyptian history. Her energy kept us all going during that intense week of touring. Omar led at a more relaxed pace but no less effectively or admirably, and his wonderful sense of humor kept us on our toes. We also greatly enjoyed his insights into present-day Jordanian social and family life and structure, which helped some long hours on the bus pass quickly. I also wish to give a shout-out to Adel, our airport liaison in Cairo. His good humor and efficiency smoothed the way and made what could be a confusing and intimidating process much easier. This tour was a wonderful, amazing and unforgettable experience. We could not have asked for better tour managers.

Maria B.
11 Day Dubai & Cairo, March 2022
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As soon as our arrival to Cairo Peter was waiting for us, we felt welcome immediately, he took care of our Visa process and he took care of our suitcases. He is very good, friendly and he has a wonderful personality. Nihal, our tour guide is AMAZING, she has a very warm personality and she is very highly motivate guide, her knowledge about Egypt history is incredible and she made us felt very welcome. She was always on time and always happy to respond our questions and concerns. SHE DID A GREAT JOB AND SHE IS A TRUE SAMPLE OF EXCELLENT TOUR GUIDE! Thanks Nihal! it was a pleasure to have met you!

Emma J.
13 Day Egyptian Treasures (Dahabeya Sandrine), March 2022
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Just wanted to let you know we had the most wonderful time on our Egyptian tour. We felt Fawzy was one of the best tour guides. he was very knowledgeable, he always had our safety first, and he was always on time. We always knew where we stood with the upcoming day. As always the crew that met us at the airport, Kareem, was amazing. We wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the dahabeah Sandrine. It was great that we could get right up to the shore and get off to see things and meet some interesting village people. The staff on the boat was above and beyond and we loved how they took care of us and the tugboat crew. They were so happy to do what they were doing and you could see their joy. We felt like we were on our personal yacht. The chef made the most amazing food and there was more than enough. Also loved the night on the island of Basheer. Egyptian luau. We were never lacking for anything! The captain would bring us cream every night for our morning coffee and he answered to any of our needs. In fact, may do another Egyptian tour but only on a Dahaybeya.

Vickie M.
11 Day Crown of Egypt with 3 Day First Class Nile Cruise, February 2022
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We have been lucky enough to travel the globe, but this was our first experience using a tour company. We had heard of Gate 1's reputation for quality so decided to take a chance. Everything was absolutely perfect. Every step the way was effortless and rewarding. We were the only travelers in our group that hadn't been on a least one Gat1 tour, and we now know why there were so many repeat quest. Thanks to our tour guide Caroline, Egypt was a breeze. Already plotting our next adventure. Thank you very much for making the trip wonderful!!!

Eugene S.
17 Day Crown of Egypt with 4 Day First Class Nile Cruise & Jordan, February 2022
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My partner, Jack, and I, believe the learning and enjoyment connected with a tour are greatly determined by the tour guide, and there is no doubt that Riham gave us a spectacular time due to her historical expertise in general, her knowledge related to the itinerary sights, her discussions of culture, and, very importantly, her charming, passionate, and heart-filled personality! We appreciated her stellar organization, efficiency, and solicitousness--all of which inspired confidence in her leadership and made us feel safe and happy. She revealed her astounding country--Egypt--in all of its varied aspects--ancient and modern, which widened our understanding and empathy and created unforgettable memories. Riham has set a very high bar for future tour guides; she just was absolutely wonderful in every way, and we feel so fortunate to have had her as our lovely guide (would have been a far lesser trip without her)!

Dara H.
11 Day Crown of Egypt with 3 Day First Class Nile Cruise, February 2022
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Just wanted to say how much we loved this tour. It was a dream come true. Mostly though I want to acknowledge our tour guide Hossam as one of the most best guides we have ever had. His knowledge and love of Egypt made this trip so special. He had a unique way of telling the stories of the past and made it fun while we were learning so much about Egypt and its amazing history. Every stop was remarkable and Hossam's care and connections really made a difference. Thank you again for a wonderful trip.

Deborah B.
10 Day Classic Egypt with 4 Day Nile Cruise, January 2022
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My tour lead, Amr, on this Egypt trip I just got back from was the best guide I have ever had on any trip, with your company and without. I felt so safe and secure and he met every need with the absolute best attitude and he just seemed like a really good human who loves his job. His guide skills made this trip extraordinary and his genuine love for his job and his country's history will ensure I never forget this trip.

Allison G.
10 Day Classic Egypt with 4 Day Nile Cruise, January 2022
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COMFORT and SAFETY: Our bus was very comfortable, with an onboard restroom, should any of us need those facilities. There was never a moment that I felt uncomfortable, or unsafe. Every bus had a security guard and both Amr and he were always aware of where we were and what we were doing. It was clear they were watching out for us at all times. Our group wore our masks whenever we were in public and maintained our "bubble" when we were in the bus or hotel. We had all been vaccinated and all of us tested negative before we left for home, so the Covid protocols were successful! GUIDE: Amr was a perfect teacher. He was very clear on what we should and should not do, where we should or should not go, and gave us good tips on shopping wisely. He was enthusiastic about all the archeological sites we visited. His love for Egypt was contagious and we easily got caught up in his excitement of all that we saw. He was patient, encouraging and very clear on what we could expect from one day to another and how each day would flow. SCHEDULE: The time was well planned, giving us down time allowing for relaxation or personal adventures in the evenings. The days were non stop, but not hectic. We saw so many things that it's hard to tell our friends about it all, but we never felt rushed. The ten days flew by, yet we didn't feel completely exhausted when they were over. We saw more things, travelled more miles and ate more food than I ever thought was possible in just ten short days. I'm wondering if we'll ever be able to find another experience to even equal this one from GATE 1, much less beat it!

Grace C.

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